How Redwood Shores Orthodontics
can help treat Sleep Apnea
There are many lifestyle changes that can help those who suffer from sleep apnea - these include exercise, weight loss and limiting alcohol intake. However, in more serious cases, the condition can be treated with the help of specialist orthodontic methods.
Dr. Wu is well versed in the field of treating sleep apnea, and, depending on the outcome of your initial assessment, may recommend one of the following options to help treat the disorder:
- Rapid Palatal Expander - this device is generally used on patients who have very narrow upper jaws and, as a result, struggle breathing through their nose. The appliance expands the jaw and the floor of the nose, creating more nasal volume. This method is particularly effective in treating sleep apnea for children.
- Distraction Osteogenesis For Maxillary Expansion (DOME) - created at Stanford University, DOME is used to expand the upper jaw in adults. The appliance improves nasal breathing by providing space for the tongue and transforming a narrow, high-arched palate into a dome-shape palate.
- Orthognathic Surgery - also known as Maxillomandibular Advancement, this surgical orthodontic treatment is recommended for patients with severe sleep apnea. This option is usually combined with braces treatment and has been proven to be the most effective surgical treatment for those suffering with sleep apnea.
For severe cases, we recommend orthognathic surgery in conjunction with braces, which has been proven to be the most effective surgical treatment for sleep apnea.